Photoexcitation dynamics in perylene diimide dimers

Aliya Mukazhanova, Walter Malone, Hassiel Negrin-Yuvero, Sebastian Fernandez-Alberti, Sergei Tretiak, Sahar Sharifzadeh

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We utilize first-principles theory to investigate photo-induced excited-state dynamics of functionalized perylene diimide. This class of materials is highly suitable for solar energy conversion because of the strong optical absorbance, efficient energy transfer, and chemical tunability. We couple time-dependent density functional theory to a recently developed time-resolved non-adiabatic dynamics approach based on a semi-empirical description. By studying the monomer and dimer, we focus on the role stacking plays on the time-scales associated with excited-state non-radiative relaxation from a high excitonic state to the lowest energy exciton. We predict that the time-scale for energy conversion in the dimer is significantly faster than that in the monomer when equivalent excited states are accounted for. Additionally, for the dimer, the decay from the second to the nearly degenerate lowest energy excited-state involves two time-scales: a rapid decay on the order of ∼10 fs followed by a slower decay of ∼100 fs. Analysis of the spatial localization of the electronic transition density during the internal conversion process points out the existence of localized states on individual monomers, indicating that the strength of thermal fluctuations exceeds electronic couplings between the states such that the exciton hops between localized states throughout the simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number244117
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


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